Membership Information

Membership

Full membership in the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) is open to all major superiors, both general and provincial and their legitimate vicars, of women religious who reside in the United States and who belong to active religious institutes or to societies of apostolic life, provided these have been canonically established, and subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is open to women who govern associations which have been established with a view to becoming religious institutes or societies of apostolic life and whose members reside in the United States, provided these associations have canonical status of at least a private association of the faithful and subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Affiliate Status

Affiliate status is open to women who govern private associations of the faithful which have been established with a view to becoming religious institutes or societies of apostolic life (Pastor Bonus n. 111) and whose members reside in the United States. Those who govern these institutes or societies must be analogous to major superiors and their legitimate vicars in accord with their own statutes and these statutes must have been at least reviewed by competent ecclesiastical authority, and the association must have been at least recognized by the same authority (Canon 299 Section 3). These associations must subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Affiliate status is also open to local superiors (or an analogous position) of mission houses of religious institutes or societies of apostolic life that do not have a motherhouse/provincial house in the United States and whose members reside in the United States. These institutes and societies must have been canonically established and subscribe to the criteria stated below.

Criteria for Membership

Those accepted into membership subscribe to the teaching of the Church regarding those elements considered essential to religious life, including for example:

  • Consecration to God through profession by vow of the evangelical counsels
  • A stable form of community life
  • A sharing of Christ’s mission through primary apostolates committed to it by the Church in keeping with the founding charism
  • A personal and communal prayer life
  • A healthy asceticism
  • Sound initial and continuing formation
  • Form of government calling for religious authority based on faith

 

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Contact

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202-832-2575

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